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Article ID: 979642 - Last Review: July 12, 2013 - Revision: 6.1

This issue occurs in a Windows 7 or Windows 8 environment when a Microsoft Publisher file contains corrupted OLE objects. To work around this issue, open the file in another version of Windows, and then do one of the following:
  • Delete the OLE objects, and then save the file as a Publisher file.
  • Save the file as a non-Publisher file. For example, save it as a .pdf file.

More information

Windows 7 and Windows 8 use a new validation process for OLE objects. This process triggers the “Publisher cannot open the file” error message when you try to open a file that contains corrupted OLE objects.

What is OLE?

OLE is a program-integration technology that you can use to share information between programs. OLE objects in Publisher can range from an Excel spreadsheet to a PowerPoint presentation to a bitmap image.

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Applies to
  • Microsoft Publisher 2013
  • Microsoft Publisher 2010
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2007
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2003
  • Microsoft Publisher 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Publisher 2002 Standard Edition
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